Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology signs pact with Lasbella University

KARACHI: Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology (CEMB), University of Karachi has signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Faculty of Marine Sciences, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences (LUAWMS) on Monday 09 June 2014 at the Vice Chancellor’s office, on the occasion of the World Ocean Day. The objective of this MoU is to promote the mutual collaboration in academic and scientific research activities between the two institutes.

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser, Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi appreciated the efforts of CEMB in developing academic linkage with an institution in Balochistan which has 800 km long coastline and where scientific exploration is highly required. He said that this will lead to furthering marine sciences in the country. Dr. Qaiser added that University of Karachi will provide maximum support in the development of LUAWMS.

Dr. Dost Muhammad Baloch, Vice Chancellor, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, said that the two institutes are geographically very close, and can become even closer by developing collaboration in Marine Sciences. Dr. Baloch showed his keen interest in obtaining technical assistance from Karachi University in other disciplines as well. He also appreciated the research facilities at CEMB and concluded that this MoU will be beneficial for both of the universities.

Dr Pirzada Jamal Siddiqui, Director CEMB presented Center’s achievements in Marine Sciences. Dr. Siddiqui said that CEMB, a pioneer institute of marine research, has produced a number of professionals in the field who are now serving various public and private sector organizations. The Center has already started providing technical assistance and expertise to the students of the LUAWMS, Dr. Siddiqui added.

Prof Dr Abid Azhar, Dean Faculty of Science, Prof Dr Moazzam Ali Khan, Registrar, Prof Dr Zarien Ayub, Prof Dr Ghazala Siddiqui and Dr Munawwar Rasheed of University of Karachi and Dr. Muhammad Aslam, Dean, Marine Sciences, Dr. Muhammad Shafi, Dean, Water Resource Management, Dr, Syed Manzor Ahmed, Dean, Social Sciences, Dr. Azra Bano of LUAWMS were present at the occasion.

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